Monday, July 23, 2012

Adaptation ABCs: L is for long-term thinking

is for long-term thinking.
One quick and dirty way to take a big step towards making your decisions climate-savvy is simply to ask whether a particular decision makes sense over the long term given the expected manifestations of climate change. We may not make every decision with the next several decades in mind, but there are plenty of decisions where a long-term view can sure save us time, money, and heartache. Thinking of buying a house near the coast, in a floodplain, or in a fire-prone area? It's well worth getting at least a rough idea for how flooding, fire, and erosion might change as a result of climate change. Is insurance likely to become prohibitively expensive or unavailable? Will you be evacuating and possibly losing your possessions every 30 years? Every 10 years? Pondering whether to invest in some expensive equipment to support your burgeoning agricultural efforts? Might be worth thinking about whether climatic changes and effects could affect your ability to pay off the loans, or even the utility of the equipment itself if certain crops or agriculture approaches become untenable in your area.     

Think Progress Outlines 10 Things that Climate Change is Worsening

A Think Progress blog by Rebecca Leber and Ellie Sandmeyer lists the top ten things that global climate change is exacerbating:
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  1. Increasing price of food
  2. Melting glaciers
  3. Landslides
  4. Dust storms
  5. Toxic algae blooms

For the rest of the list check out their blog post here.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Hawaii's Governor signs new Climate Change Adaptation Policy

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State Senate Bill 2745 was signed by Governor Neil Abercrombie on July 9th, which enacts climate change adaptation as a statewide policy in Hawaii. The purpose of the act is to "encourage collaboration and cooperation among county, state, and federal agencies, policy makers, businesses, and other community partners to plan for the impacts of climate change and avoid, minimize, or mitigate loss of life, land, and property of future generations." Read the full text here.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

EcoAdapt Selected to Receive Funding from California LCC

We are pleased to announce that EcoAdapt's proposal to facilitate a collaborative, multi-stakeholder effort to develop a large scale vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategies for focal resources of the Sierra Nevada was one of eight projects selected for funding from the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC). Funded projects range from regional invasive plant management to predicting sea level rise impacts on tidal wetlands.
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Project partners include the U.S. Forest Service, Conservation Biology Institute, and Geos Institute. Specific project objectives include assessing the vulnerability of Sierra Nevada focal resources to climate change, using spatial analysis and expert input to prioritize conservation areas or actions, and identifying implementable management responses to climate change in the Sierra Nevada. Scientists, land managers, and conservation practitioners will be invited to provide input throughout this project with the goals of creating a more integrated assessment, building buy-in and capacity across a range of stakeholders, and ensuring that both scientific and managerial viewpoints are integrated throughout.